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Eric Roche


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Irish acoustic guitarist Eric Roche is best known for his role as a guitar teacher through his books, magazine articles, workshops and as head of guitar at the Musician’s Institute, London, and later head of the Guitar School at The Academy of Contemporary Music (which is now named ‘The ACM Eric Roche Guitar School’).

He also released three albums (The Perc-U-Lator, Spin and With These Hands) which show both his polished technique and his strong melodic sense. A posthumous album and DVD are expected in the near future.

Eric Roche died of cancer on 6th September 2005.


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  • DeanMorrison

    Eric was a fantastic bloke, as well as quite simply the best guitarist I've ever seen. There's a fantastic radio documentary on his life by his brother Brian - available from RTE:

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mrlaa

    inspirational guitar player, r.i.p

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
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  • MetalMan91

    The best acoustic guitarist I've ever heard, too bad he died.

    9 Sep 2007 Reply
  • anitagibbs

    There's a new Eric Roche CD, Live and Inspirational, which is a recording of a live concert at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. It's a different set from the DVD and eveything from the moment he arrives on stage to when he leaves has been recorded, including all his patter and jokes. It's available from An absolute must for all Eric Roche fans!

    26 Nov 2006 Reply
  • andrewbiles

    I really miss reading and attempting to play his pieces in Guitar Techniques. 'With these hands' was such a good album as well. True talent was lost here.

    2 Sep 2006 Reply

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